Every child develops at their own pace. We use guidelines and standards developed by State and National organizations for early childhood development to help create the best age appropriate activities for the children. The Preschool program runs on a structured yet flexible schedule that provides opportunities for learning and developing to take place naturally. We provide free play, guided play, and structured lesson times. Early Spanish language lessons are provided for the children weekly.
Scotty’s teachers provide a multitude of activities for the children every day. We have both planned activities which you will find on your monthly calendar and non-planned activities that happen naturally throughout each day and rely on the creativity of the teachers to enhance every day happenings into teachable moments.
Planned activities follow our monthly curriculum. Our curriculum consists of a weekly theme related to child development. Some examples of our themes include “Transportation”, “My 5 Senses”, “Friendship”, “Seasons”, and “Outer Space” (just to name a few). Each day is filled with theme related activities that enhance social emotional development, cognitive and language development, as well as physical development. We do an arts and crafts project every day. Art encourages the children’s development of fine motor skills with the use of paint brushes, ripping paper, gluing and finger painting. Art also encourages the children to create things and use their imaginations while learning. Our planned afternoon enrichment activity also follows our weekly theme. The activities range from fine or gross motor activities, social skill enhancement, to early science, math and technology.
Some Non-planned activities we like to do in Preschool:
Bringing Nature Indoors– The children in preschool love to find things on nature walks. What better way to teach them about nature, but to bring it indoors and play with it. During the summer we collect items from the outdoors to create art with the children, and in the winter, we love to collect snow and make it into a sensory activity at our water table.
Line Up!- Lining up in preschool is a hard task for the children, but necessary while traveling outdoors or to the playroom. We like to encourage the children to line up by singing fun songs or calling out actions like “touch your head” or “touch your nose” to keep the children’s attention in line.